**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Quote:This seems like an oversimplification. Saphir cordovan creme has a neatsfoot oil base while my understanding is that the shoe polish has a shea butter (or something similar) as its base. Similarly, the cordovan creme has no turpentine wjhile the polish has turpentine to assist in penetrating into the calfskin.
     
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    To all my fellow SFers in Japan. Saphir products are available at Dondondon dooooonki Don Quijote.
     
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    Hi all! I'm relatively new to SF and mostly stay in the AE appreciation thread. However, I have a general shoe care question and Googling hasn't come up with an answer for me, so I'm hoping it's appropriate for me to ask it here.

    Say you have calfskins that you don't wear very often, such as black captoes that you might break out only for the occasional funeral, wedding, etc. Does it make sense to condition them at all during periods of non-wear, to keep the leather from drying out? If so, how often would you do this? Or am I being too anal if I'm thinking along these lines?
     
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    Why would you like to wear Suede in Snow and ice?
    secondly get a galosh, that is your best bet.
     
  6. sstomcat

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    Once in 6 months and keep them in trees and shoe bag.
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have reduced my shoe care products down to two things. Glenkaren cream polish, and Glenkaren high shine paste. Each only have 3 or four ingredients that are so delicate you can eat them. Just sayin.
     
  8. newp

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    I live in warm country (so my only pair of winter boots is suede) and have to visit a cold country for 10 days =)
    Thank you for your advice! I'd like to learn more about protection sprays though.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For the best protection I hear latex works the best.
     
  10. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Both Saphir and AE makes good suede products, personally I don't use them though as suede is something that will darken no matter what you use IMO.
     
  11. newp

    newp Senior member

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    Much appreciated.
     
  12. BootSpell

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    I think it was Nick Horween who also recommended a product called Vectra-16 (Formula 16). It's much cheaper than AE and lasts longer. I've used it and it didn't darken the suede but can't speak yet to how well it protects. But I do respect Nick's opinion.
     
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    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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